Kullu Valley – The Valley of the Gods!
Kullu Valley – The Valley of the Gods or “Dev Bhumi” was once known as Kulanthpitha – ”the end of the habitable world”. Kullu is said to have derived its name originally from ‘Kalut’- a tribe from the upper valleys of the Beas. As legend goes, the epic Mahabharata has many mentions of Kalut. The Pandavas spent their period of exile here. King Parvateshawer of Kalut is said to have fought against Arjuna while another King Kshem Dhurti was killed in the Mahabharata war. Coins unearthed from the first century confirm this history of Kalut!
Kullu is located at an altitude of 1278 metres (4193 ft) with the river Beas flowing through it. The atmosphere is beautiful and serene. Kullu lies cosily nestled between the Pir-Panjal, Lower Himalayan and Greater Himalayan ranges. The valley is a visual delight and enthrals all with its marvelous landscapes, snow-capped mountains, sparkling streams, Pine and Deodar forests, lush green meadows, hot water springs, gushing waterfalls, clear lakes and sprawling fruit orchards. Kullu is famous for its temples and has more than 300 of them spread across the valley. The ancient temples display a unique mix of pyramidal and pahadi architecture.
This charming valley attracts tourists from world over. City dwellers, eager for a break from traffic jams and the routine stress of city life throng to Kullu valley for its tranquil environs, scintillating beauty and pollution free air. It is also a paradise for adventure-seekers, rafters, trekkers and mountaineers.
Through the years, Kullu valley has managed to retain its rich art, cultural heritage and traditional charm. Its famous Dussehra festival is known world-wide today. The local inhabitants follow a distinct lifestyle and are a gentle and peace loving clan. Their extremely hospitable nature and ever smiling faces never fail to warm hearts. The local economy largely depends on agriculture, horticulture, weaving, and tourism. The valley is dotted with orchards of Apples, Plums, Pears, Kiwi, Apricot and Almonds.
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Para Gliding in Kullu Shopping: Kullu Shawls Climate of Kullu
Emergency Numbers Other Tourist Destinations around Kullu